The final English Language version of an Asian fight for November sees us roll the clock back to the 1990's, when Japan's Hiroki Ioka was one of the biggest stars in Japan. This bout came in 1993 and saw Ioka battle against Filipino journeyman Ronnie Romero at the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka.
This isn't the best bout out there, but it is a pretty good chance to see what Hiroki Ioka was like as a fighter.
In late 2018 Thai boxer Panya Pradabsri, aka Petchmanee Kokietgym, moved up to Flyweight to dip his toes at the 112lb weight class. Whilst there he took on Filipino youngster Dexter Alimento in a bout for the OPBF Silver Flyweight title.
With Panya set to fight for a world title later this month, we felt this was an ideal time to show case what the Thai can do, as we mover closer, and closer, to his bout with Wanheng Menayothin. That is, in many ways, the most interesting bout in Thailand in 2020, a year that has seen Thailand really raise it's level of match making.
For this weeks Asian fight with English Language commentary we've gone with the 2018 clash between Japanese star Kenshiro Teraji and Mexican veteran Ganigan Lopez, who were rematching following a 2017 clash.
This was, in the eyes of some, the point where Kenshiro began to really show his development and skills, after originally struggling at the beginning of his reign. As Lopez some view this as the start of the end for him, but it is worth noting that since this bout he has actually remained in, and around, the world title picture, though he is now very much a man coming to the end of his days as a viable contender.
One of the few Asian fighters who has really managed to make a mark on the international boxing scene in the last few years is Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. With that in mind we felt it was a great time to give one of his fights the English language treatment, and with that in mind we stumbled on his 2015 clash with Indonesian journeyman Jack Amisa.
We'll start by admitting this isn't a particularly well known fight, but to us it was one that was interesting and certainly worth sharing, so we genuinely hope you enjoy this one, and a chance to see Srisaket before he became a huge international boxing star.
For this week's Asian fight with English Language commentary we though we'd cover Naoya Inoue's final bout at Super Flyweight. That saw him take on French fighter Yoan Boyeaux in Yokohama.
The bout wasn't one of Inoue's most amazing performance, but was a solid performance against a long, rangy, taller challenger, in what was one of the very final bouts of 2017. The following year he burst on to the wider public consciousness as he announced himself on the Bantamweight division, and later won the WBSS.
In a few days time we'll see Daigo Higa back in the ring, as he fights for the second time since a lengthy suspension from the ring. For this week's English dub, we've decided it was a perfect time to look an older Higa bout.
With that in mind we though there were few bouts better suited to one of these English language commentaries than his second defense of the WBC Flyweight title, which saw him take on Moises Fuentes at the Prefectural Bodukan in Naha.
At the time of this bout Higa was 14-0 (14) and the 22 year old looked like a star in the making. Fuentes on the other hand was 25-4-1 (14) and at 30 years old was looking like a man who had, perhaps, seen better days.
In August third generation Japanese fighter Keisuke Matsumoto (0-0) made his professional debut, taking on experienced 32 year old Hironori Miyake (9-9-2, 1), who had never previously been stopped.
Prior to this bout Fuji TV had done a number of TV shows featuring Matsumoto and the hope was that he would show what he could do here against a durable, tough and tricky foe.
This was, on paper, a very good debut bout for Matsumoto and it proved to be a bout worthy of giving the English Language Treatment to.
Back in August 2020 we saw the highly touted debut of the fantastic Ryutaro Nakagaki (0-0), who won a string of amateur titles before signing with the Ohashi gym and turning professional this year. In his debut he took on Shohei Horii (3-5-2, 2) at the Korakuen Hall.
Here we have given his the bout the English language treat, giving it a lick of English language commentary in an attempt to make the fight, and fighters, more accessible to a Western audience. And if we're being honest Nakagaki is someone worthy of attention. He's got a lot of promise, a lot of skill, and the potential to be a genuine Japanese star of the future. Make a note of his name.
Another Wednesday and another fight gets the English Language treatment, with this weeks being the 2018 All Japan Lightweight Rookie of the Year final between Kenta Endo (2-0-1, 1) and Shoma Okada (4-0, 2).
Unlike the other fights in this series this does go beyond the first round, and we suspect that doing fights that last more than a round will probably be something we do more often. What we may also do is find some of the videos with dodgy sounds, due to what were recording issues of the video we had, and try dubbing some of those as well, to try and clear up those sound issues found in the original versions.
Following his excellent victory over Vusi Malinga we saw Hozumi Hasegawa (26-2, 10) take on once beaten American challenger Nestor Rocha (21-1, 7) in what looked like a very interesting match up on paper. This was a voluntary for Hasegawa, who was seeking his 9th defense of the WBC title, whilst Rocha was looking too announcing on the world stage in his first world title bout.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.